Hmnn… Our President, who has just been caught with his arm in the NSA cookie jar up to the elbow and made a speech apologizing-sort of–and saying ‘but now you can trust me’ is negotiating for us with the Iranians re their nuclear ambitions.
He is doing this on behalf of the existing nuclear powers excluding Pakistan and North Korea for some reason. But including Russia and China who to date, seem to support Iran more than they support the other existing nuclear powers. Yeah…
This is going on against a background of Iranians pressing ahead regardless of painful international sanctions and after flipping off international attempts at inspections of their nuclear program. And of course, after repeated promises to remove Israel from the earth.
Our President has agreed to relax the painful sanctions and has reportedly, agreed separately to other things that he has refused to tell us or Israel in what is called a ‘side agreement.’ The Iranians, we are told, have agreed to halt their nuclear weapons program, the one they deny having. They did this before, and played the U.N. inspectors sent to check. Here we go again?
Who are these Iranians? Some 500 years before Christ, they were building the first Persian Empire, conquering much of the Middle East. Since then, they have done it more than once, ruling the Arabs for several hundred years on one occasion. Though Moslem, (by conquest when it was the Arabs’ turn) they are not Arabs and tend to feel superior and entitled to rule. Their version of Shiite Islam is considered heretical by most Arabs, all of whom resent their attitude.
Islam approves deception in its interests and the Persians had refined it to an art in diplomacy long before Islam. So Arabs and Israelis see the folk who have bee attacking them over thousands of years, threatening them again. Folk whose words have never been reliable in diplomacy.
Thus, as an Arab or an Israeli looks at the record, the Iranians have been ambitious deceivers in ancient and modern history; they cannot understand President Obama’s desire to believe their promises, so often proven worthless. Some members of Congress, wising to tighten the anti-Iranian sanctions, feel similarly, including some Democrats. The President says: ‘Trust me; give peace a chance.’ And keeps mum whatever’s in that side agreement.
This is a very sticky wicket in our nuclear world. Iran has demonstrated that it will do whatever it takes to get nukes. It’s already too late with Pakistan and North Korea. More, in the nature of reality, are coming; nobody can stop it anymore. So the U.S. President can put a good face on allowing Iran its nukes, dragging his feet as possible, or attack Iran to delay, not prevent, the event. Leaving the way open to someone else no more prepossessing. What we used to call a “Hobson’s Choice.” Israel, if concerned enough, can attack Iran as it has done before under such circumstances. But the political atmosphere has changed since that last time, both in Israel and in the rest of the world. Many in both places will oppose such a preemption, which may fail in any case since Iran has dispersed and hardened its facilities.
President Obama, with already fading approval rates, seems to be playing a losing hand regardless of how he plays it. He is probably asking himself the age old question: “Why Me?” To which we can offer only the equally age old, very Jewish response: “Why not Me?”